Rosenstein Proposed 'Secretly Recording Trump,' Invoking 25th Amendment — NY TIMES

Leroy Wright
September 22, 2018

Notably, not people who actually heard/witnessed this themselves.

Cool-headed lawyers and advisors around President Donald Trump have advised him for months that firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation and hired Robert Mueller to lead it, would unnecessarily provoke the special counsel and unleash a political firestorm.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), a Fox News staple, agreed with Ingraham, tweeting that Rosenstein must be fired if the Times' reporting is accurate, because "Rosenstein doesn't seem to have the integrity to resign". But let me clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25 Amendment".

He also reportedly discussed attempting to convince members of Trump's Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would declare the president unfit for office.

On Friday, Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted the Times' story and said: "Shocked!" The story drills in on the work of Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general and the man responsible for overseeing the investigation into potential Russian collusion by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. "He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos", Bromwich said.

Days after ascending to the role of the nation's No. 2 law enforcement officer, Rosenstein was thrust into a crisis.

It has previously been claimed Mr Trump might consider firing Mr Rosenstein in order to allow him to put greater limits on Mr Mueller.

Rosenstein even reportedly suggested that those interviewing with the president to replace Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation wear wires to secretly tape him. He turned it in shortly after.

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Rosenstein shot down the story in a statement.

Based on sources who spoke to or witnessed Rosenstein's behavior, the Times reports that Rosenstein was emotionally uneven during this period. "Prior to this, I was one of the people telling Trump he should not be removed..."

The reported conversation took place during a tense May 2017 meeting involving acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, another frequent target of Trump's wrath. A handful of politicians and law enforcement officials, including McCabe, were under consideration.

A group of House Republicans wants to impeach Rosenstein. It shows an administration in disarray. "You figure that one out", Trump said when asked by reporters in the Oval Office if he was considering firing Rosenstein. Rosenstein had just got on the job. White House officials never checked his phone when he arrived for meetings there, Mr. Rosenstein added, implying it would be easy to secretly record Mr. Trump.

The deputy attorney general denied the report in a statement to the Times.

"They have absolutely nothing on the President of the United States". One of the career civil servants was Scott Schools, who would later go on to sign off on the firing of McCabe, the official said. Rosenstein was also reportedly displeased by the way Trump tried to replace Comey.

Rosenstein's suggestion about the 25th Amendment was similarly a sensitive topic. Other sources tell the Times he was serious. None of the people interviewed said that they knew of him ever consulting Kelly or Sessions.

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